So it seems that these four Rabbis had a series of theological arguments,
and three were always in accord against the fourth.
One day, the odd Rabbi out, after the usual "3 to 1, majority rules"
statement that signified that he had lost again, decided to appeal to
a higher authority. "Oh, God!" he cried. "I know in my heart that I
am right and they are wrong! Please give me a sign to prove it
It was a beautiful, sunny day. As soon as the Rabbi finished his
prayer, a storm cloud moved across the sky above the four. It rumbled
once and dissolved. "A sign from God! See, I'm right, I knew it!" But
the other three disagreed, pointing out that storm clouds form on hot
So the Rabbi prayed again: "Oh, God, I need a bigger sign to show
that I am right and they are wrong. So please, God, a bigger sign!"
This time four storm clouds appeared, rushed toward each other to form
one big cloud, and a bolt of lightning slammed into a tree on a nearby
"I told you I was right!" cried the Rabbi, but his friends insisted
that nothing had happened that could not be explained by natural causes.
The Rabbi is getting ready to ask for a "very big" sign, but just as
he says "Oh God..." the sky turns pitch black, the earth shakes, and
a deep, booming voice intones, "HEEEEEEEE'S RIIIIIIIGHT!"
The Rabbi puts his hands on his hips, turns to
the other three, and says, "Well?"
"So," shrugged one of the other Rabbis, "now it's
3 to 2!"